Marking the first Festival for Director of Programming Paul Struthers, Frameline42 brought its theme to life from Day 1, opening with Fiona Dawson and Gabriel Silverman's documentary TransMilitary. The Festival ended with the second of director Matt Tyrnauer's gay docs at FL42: Studio 54. Tyrnauer was in attendance for this and Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood. This year's Festival featured four Centerpiece selections. For Episodics, director Rightor Doyle and actors Brendan Scannell, Matthew Risch, Matt Wilkas, and Alex Hurt for the first season of Bonding (which would later be picked up for a second season by Netflix). Director and choreographer Jamal Sims came with his Centerpiece Documentary When the Beat Drops. For the World Cinema Centerpiece, director Ísold Uggadóttir brought her feature And Breathe Normally from Iceland. And the US Centerpiece, Madeleine Olnek's Wild Nights with Emily starring Molly Shannon, was just one of the sold out screenings at the Castro Theatre this year. Ondi Timoner's biopic Mapplethorpe also packed the Castro house.
- Outstanding First Feature: Retablo
- Outstanding Documentary Feature: When the Beat Drops
- Audience Award for Narrative Feature: For Izzy
- Audience Award for Documentary Feature: The Rest I Make Up
- Audience Award for Episodic: Giving Me Life (In the Land of the Deadass)
- Audience Award for Short Film: Masks
Frameline42 (2018) Films
A young man (Gotham’s Cory Michael Smith) returns from New York to his Texas hometown to celebrate Christmas with his conservative family. Struggling to reconcile his past with his present life, he reaches out to his estranged childhood girlfriend and must decide if he’s ready to be honest with his family, in spite of the consequences.
Lara is a struggling single mom whose life unexpectedly collides with that of a female refugee in this intensely moving drama—a Sundance award winner—from Iceland. As the two women find themselves falling outside society’s safety nets, they turn to one another to find a way out of their predicaments.
In their sixties, longtime female friends take to the provinces, one to search for a lost lesbian love and the other to escape arrest for the murder of her abusive partner, whose head she carries in a Louis Vuitton bag. Veteran Filipina beauty queen/actresses reunite for this gross-out—yet endearing—black road comedy.
These six short films that celebrate queer, trans, and non-binary youth and young adults of diverse backgrounds and experiences will inspire and delight as they take us through journeys with love interests, classmates, families, and communities.
Lesbian filmmaker extraordinaire, Madeleine Olnek, is finally becoming a household name. Frameline is thrilled to offer a free, open-to-the-public conversation with Olnek, exploring her career and accompanied by a curated selection of scenes from her films, followed by an extended Q&A and public dialogue.
With rich detail, keen insight, and astonishing poignancy, Kerby Lauderdale, a man in his late 70s, recounts the major events that shaped his life and identity as a gay man, in this intimate filmed conversation with filmmaker David Weissman (We Were Here, The Cockettes).